Fun playing with reflections on the main shopping street in Reykjavik, Iceland ... the kid looking bored ... the parents looking at the super-sized cups of coffee ... the empty table and the closed door.
Maybe you can find some other things ... Russ, I know you like to do this ;)
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EstudioChispa (1890) 2013-07-16 8:25
*Big smile, flattered by the shout-out!*
Layering an image with reflections starts us down the path blazed by early 20th century painters into cubism, so it is a very fertile concept. I especially like some of the work posted at TE by Jorge Aguilar (one good shout-out deserves another!), such as "Académica" and "El Visitante"and Kristin, your own "trapped in glass" comes to mind, too!
So what's in the layers here? The immensity of the door, occupying 3/4 of the frame, cannot be ignored. Grab that bag hanging on the door and head into the street, where the fantastic congruence of the empty table and two chairs in the foreground and the table with the child and woman compels us to question every element and its position, is it "real" or a reflection? The two darker vertical lines at the thirds lines are great puzzles, especially the bubbly appearance of the one on the left -- what IS that? What's the position and relevance of the man shielding his eyes? And the full-length coffee ad is way cubist, as is the disembodied foot at the lower left corner!
Do you remember David Bowie's character in "The Man who Fell to Earth?" He seemed to have the ability to see the same location through various times, and that's the feeling I get from the empty table and the occupied table "behind" it.
So we have a jumble of time, angles, and light, stirred with finesse and producing art. Well done!
abmdsudi (41214) 2013-07-16 12:33
Certainly worth posting and love looking at your creative work. It's well seen and just shows that you can find interesting photo if you look around with tuned-in eyes. In photography having a good eye is a nice bonus. I like the thought behind it, the picture is like a puzzle to determine what is real, what side of the glass it is, shadow or reflection and distortion. It looks as if it is a collage, or as if it has been manipulated, but it is straight from your view finder and this certainly gets the brain cells working extra hard. An image within an image within an image....has that sense of illusion and confusion with reality, All I can say is this is brilliant photography! Fantastically and creatively thought out! But my only minor niggle is the light is a bit to harsh to my liking. Congrats
ourania (28330) 2013-08-01 7:39
I like very much this picture, the way you've spotted, captured and framed this scene on or through the glass. The ordinary scene looks as if it has acquired a deeper meaning, has become special and exposed to the viewers' interpretations. Everything can be used and rendered significant depending on the stories we create. I also like the way strong and mild colours mingle and how the door handle gives a sense of fragility and suspense; when it turns, everything is shuttered. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely month,
mcmtanyel (11611) 2013-08-16 22:09
While critiquing a photo of mine with reflections, Russ Ham (EstudioChispa) drew my attention to this photo.
It was good of him to point me to this one, otherwise I would have missed an excellent reflective (all puns intended) photo. What a puzzle, it is; I can't tell which one is the reflection and which one is a direct image.